A few words about Bianca, the artist,
the friend, the harbor where dreams begin.
Imagine a garden with delicate orchids.
She stands amidst them, her hands poised
in mid-air, so gracefully, eyelids downward,
bare feet, poised in glittering garments,
moves as the heart center of white petals,
she moves but the stillness invades you
and her down cast eyes tell you more of
the secrets in a woman's heart than if
she looked you in the face.
As a woman, it was when I first saw her
dancing that I fell in love with her.
It seems a thousand years ago, it seems
forever that we have known each other.
Our daily lives mingled, but it was her
art that so often fed my poetry, her battles
to win mine. Like a butterfly she touches
at every art form, creating it and from
it, with a brush or hands molding plaster,
with paint, charcoal, pencil, words, or
And she finds you, spurs you on, gives
you a single word from which a mountain
of words can follow, and she listens to
the silence between you, the magic moment
when a new idea is born, the tragic mask
lifted to appease the muse.
She is a pure artist at
heart. Absorbing life experience, like
the delicate brush dips into water to
make the color flow, the title behind
it is always "truth". And as
truth involves pain and joy, success and
failure, dreams and heart wrenching voids,
she fills them, recreates them, performs
them, takes us with her in the fascinating
journey, a bottomless well of inspiration.
The door to her studio is wide open. She
beckons for you to enter, to absorb, to
find your own self in finding her.
She makes it happen
poet and translator 2005
introduction "Watertriptych, passionfruit
cross an ocean"
poem "Down Absolute Azures"
and object "Tropic tears"
|My name is Bianca Tangande,
I have been working as a visual artist since
1979 in -'s-Hertogenbosch.
During the years I have acquired abundant
experience as performer, designer, artist's
initiator or instructor. Also through
workshops of dance mask performance in
groups of children, youths, grown-ups
and elderly people.
This experience has taught me that a
vast range of people is receptive and
interested in different cultures.
Thanks to them my art work is exhibited
or performed, wishing to establish a particular
self while bringing it forth as a personal
gift for a beloved one.
My art works consist in what I see as
invulnerability and therefore typically
|· Drawings of faces in sketch form,
where the moment of recognition creates
the essential inner self of the person who
· Masks with external features of
the person, the tangible frozen quality
of the work process in relation to me.
· Watercolor landscapes, lyrical
and abstract of my inner perceptions.
· Pictures of observations capturing
a special light fall, color or form, an
intimate moment of detail of my immediate
· Hats, unique with sand portrait
· Paintings with own made pigment
paint with a brush drawing
|On commission I create many-sided and
broad-oriented work: the work process by
mutual agreement, sound and personal, the
realization self-willed and stylish, from
analogue to digital.
I am influenced in my work by my Indonesian/African
descent, by the colors and forms of these
cultures and lines as Matisse paints them.
My sources of inspiration are my daughters
Lieve and Veerle, who continuously push
me to a new life pattern, showing me the
ever changing emotional sides of life.
Different forms are: drawings, pictures,
watercolors, masks, paintings, hats and
A quotation from my diary:
My studio is jammed with work, yet they
want something else.
This something else is to set my own stamp
on the final art work. I could interpret
the assignment as a means of communication
between the commissioner and me. Separate
I am someone running to extremes or standing
Bianca Tangande, 2005
Workshop Dance Mask
Are you interested in making contact within
a group, with known or unknown participants,
family, friends or colleagues to get to
know them in a better way, then this group
experience will be an inspiring way to
get closer to each other.
After an introduction and showing examples
about the origins of the mask, you start
making your own dance mask of your face
as a mould or of someone else sitting
in front of you, with quieting Soendanese
(West Java) music playing in the background.
Background information: As visual artist
I have achieved a vast experience during
the last 15 years at working as a team
with children, young and older people.
In the quiet and patient atmosphere, being
together, laughing and in silence, getting
into touch very closely, unveiling your
face, come and participate to this workshop!
This workshop originated from my mother's
dance, the dance of her memory, the Jaipongan,
a social folk dance from the 50'ies.She
taught me this dance with the selendang
(an elongated wrap) which I then passed
on to my children.
These dance masks of Indonesia inspired
me to create a dance outgoing from the
Jaipongan, in which the mask itself serves
as an offering recipient. The making of
the mask becomes a portrait of the moment,
a tangible three dimensional picture.
Through this process the dance achieves
its own character. I've worked on several
occasions with artist Bianca Tangande,
in the field of community art and by her
invitation as a poet of an art project.
She has flair
Since we keep in touch as regards to
each other's doings, I have known Bianca
in many different aspects: as an artist
of course, as an inspirer and motivator,
as a spider in the web and as an advisor.
Bianca is someone who can make something
extraordinary from the smallest thing.
She's a networker, draws people in and
gets anyone enthusiastic who comes near
her. The nice thing about Bianca is that
she gladly likes to share a part of her
stage with new, young and upcoming talents.
Quite a few artists from inside and outside
the Netherlands owe the most various art
projects to her.
She has flair of spotting and bringing
together different interests and moulding
them in solid projects. Moreover Bianca
is skilled in observing from a distance
ostensibly conflicting motivations within
a group, leaving them the space without
intervening directly but just with her
presence, advice and guidance. Both directly
and indirectly she is a source of inspiration
for anyone who is lucky to know her. Her
sense of justice and compassion with those
less fortunate in our society is an ever
recurring aspect of her being.
Impresario Renk van
Oyen, Oude Muziek
Friday June 12, 2009
To have followed her closely all these
accompanying text by Mario in jubilee
catalogue KEG (Cultural Events Group)
30 years partners in art.
We have known each other since 1973,
as we were both in our first year at the
Academy of Art and Design (currently St.
Joost) in 's-Hertogenbosch.
Meanwhile, a few years later we became
partners in art and in our daily life.
After the Academy, in 1979, we and a
few other artists, built studios in the
WillemII-factory in Den Bosch, where we
are still working.
We also both are connected to the Graphical
Workshop Den Bosch.
We have two daughters. Although we are
meanwhile not a couple in daily lives
anymore, we still have the feeling we
remained partners in many ways: in art
as well as in friendship we continued
to follow and support each other.
So it is a great occasion to make an
art work together from this support and
to be able to show it.
Mario: "As long as I have known
her, Bianca is in her life and art a tireless
person, also continually curious of new
paths and always ready to support unselfishly
artists and other people in her immediate
surroundings. I find it really admirable
and special to have followed her closely
all these years.
The artwork she shows in this exhibit
seems to me as an artwork which was created
with a relaxed and blissful feeling. As
the freedom she shows us through the use
of materials, it also shows a form (I
see a flower, but also a corner of the
cosmos?), which renders the blossoming
in freedom, structure and self-assurance.(
the title of this artwork is "Bunga",
which in Indonesian means not only "flower"
but also "evolution".)
The painting that I am showing, "Couple",
has primarily originated as a 3Dcomputer
drawing. At the beginning the drawing
consisted of two true to nature human
figures, but in a recalcitrant way I started
to change sections of them, with enlargements,
substituting etc. Finally two persons
stood there, transformed, movingly, in
an empty space, holding hands, but they
had formed a character. It seemed to me
a beautiful starting point for a large
painting in oil colour."
Our joint work is a polymeric print of
different colours in yellow, red, blue
and black. Each layer originated as a
direct reaction to the previous layer:
Bianca started with a drawing/painting
in yellow; Mario reacted to this with
a drawing in red. Bianca followed up with
blue and Mario finally finished with black.
This work's title is: "Beginning".
|Bianca at her studio,
picture made by daughter Veerle
|Bianca at work,
picture made by fotographer Henk van Esch
1996 and 1995 exhibition
|1994 with dancer Joyce
Nakawombe from Uganda in Amazone, A'dam
2003 Anakku (my child)
performance during workshops and performances
day cold "Streetwise",
organization artist Annet van de Elzen
to cary over
photo: Lieve Dijsselbloem
Bosch Art Centre 2007 ' Breast dance
photo: Hans Kieft
part club KOE org. Artots
Tiel, openings ceremonie t.b.v. Borstkanker
photo: Fons Strijbosch
dust energy dance, Kilkis, Greece 2009
photo: Sylvy van Bochove
ART night: Wayang dance on the roof with
flute player Paul Seely
videostill: Stefan Hoogvliet 2009
shadow dance to an Indian native flute
and closed energy
Bianca Tangande hair ornament photo: Steph
Byrne 2011 Arnhem
She is within me
during a workshop by Anet van de Elzen,
To be present-live/no tech